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Dec 31 2012   11:40PM GMT

Ten New Year security resolutions

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

We all do it at this time of the year: We make resolutions to do things better in the New Year. And why not? It’s a great thing to do, starting with fresh goals and a resolve to do better. Here are some ideas for you choose from with a security twist:

  • I will change my critical passwords.
  • I will finally start using a password manager (such as LastPass or KeePass).
  • I will adopt an algorithm for generating strong passwords (at least 12 characters).
  • I will use two-factor authentication where it is available (YubiKey and Google Authenticator come to mind).
  • I will use encryption for all sensitive personal files on my digital devices, including thumb drives, laptops, smart phones, etc. (Rohos Mini-drive, AxCrypt, TrueCrypt, Wickr).
  • I will establish a regular backup routine for all my devices that uses two different media and at least on copy off-site.
  • I will encrypt my backup.
  • I will become aware of physical security and make sure that my digital devices are always either in my possession or safely stowed.
  • I will not blindly click on links in email, nor will I respond in any way to pop-ups or messages I am not sure about without checking them out first.
  • I will not open any attachment in any email from anyone unless I am expecting it or absolutely sure of what it contains.

There is new or Earth-shattering here, at least nothing that I haven’t mentioned and advocated for years. Hit the comments and add your own.

Happy 2013!

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